Of Mice and Men and Buddhas

 
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Of Mice and Men and Buddhas

A letter from Yuanwu:

“Fundamentally, this great light is there with each and every person right where they stand - empty clear through, spiritually aware, all-pervasive, it is called the scenery of the fundamental ground.

Sentient beings and buddhas are both inherently equipped with it.  It is perfectly fluid and boundless, fusing everything within it.  It is within your own heart and is the basis of your physical body and of the five clusters of form, sensation, conception, motivational synthesis, and consciousness.  It has never been defiled or stained, and its fundamental nature is still and silent.

False thoughts suddenly arise and cover it over and block it off and confine it within the six sense faculties and sense objects.  Sense faculties and sense objects are paired off, and you get stuck and begin clinging and getting attached.  You grasp at all the various objects and scenes, and produce all sorts of false thoughts, and sink down into the toils of birth and death, unable to gain liberation . . . ”  -  (to be continued)

(Written about a thousand years ago, Yuanwu is quoted from the book ‘ZEN LETTERS - Teachings of Yuanwu’ - translated by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

 
 
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unsmoked - 01 May 2014 02:35 PM

Of Mice and Men and Buddhas

A letter from Yuanwu:

“Fundamentally, this great light is there with each and every person right where they stand - empty clear through, spiritually aware, all-pervasive, it is called the scenery of the fundamental ground.

Sentient beings and buddhas are both inherently equipped with it.  It is perfectly fluid and boundless, fusing everything within it.  It is within your own heart and is the basis of your physical body and of the five clusters of form, sensation, conception, motivational synthesis, and consciousness.  It has never been defiled or stained, and its fundamental nature is still and silent.

False thoughts suddenly arise and cover it over and block it off and confine it within the six sense faculties and sense objects.  Sense faculties and sense objects are paired off, and you get stuck and begin clinging and getting attached.  You grasp at all the various objects and scenes, and produce all sorts of false thoughts, and sink down into the toils of birth and death, unable to gain liberation . . . ”  -  (to be continued)

(Written about a thousand years ago, Yuanwu is quoted from the book ‘ZEN LETTERS - Teachings of Yuanwu’ - translated by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

Zen master Mazu writes to a student, “You are luckily all right by yourself, yet you struggle artificially.  Why do you want to put on fetters and go to prison?  You are busy every day claiming to study Zen, learn the Way, and interpret Buddhism, but this alienates you even further.  It is just chasing sound and form.  When will you ever stop?  The treasure house within you contains everything, and you are free to use it.  You don’t need to seek outside.”  (end quote)

Is the treasure house the billion years of experience packed into our DNA?  Are we born as complete as a mouse who doesn’t need an instruction book, a catechism, or a Mighty Mouse to tell him how to live?  Or, are humans born incomplete and defective?  Do we depend on finding a suitable repair shop to function properly?  Unlike mice and dandelions, has our DNA been shortchanged by evolution?

 
 
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unsmoked - 02 May 2014 02:53 PM
unsmoked - 01 May 2014 02:35 PM

Of Mice and Men and Buddhas

A letter from Yuanwu:

“Fundamentally, this great light is there with each and every person right where they stand - empty clear through, spiritually aware, all-pervasive, it is called the scenery of the fundamental ground.

Sentient beings and buddhas are both inherently equipped with it.  It is perfectly fluid and boundless, fusing everything within it.  It is within your own heart and is the basis of your physical body and of the five clusters of form, sensation, conception, motivational synthesis, and consciousness.  It has never been defiled or stained, and its fundamental nature is still and silent.

False thoughts suddenly arise and cover it over and block it off and confine it within the six sense faculties and sense objects.  Sense faculties and sense objects are paired off, and you get stuck and begin clinging and getting attached.  You grasp at all the various objects and scenes, and produce all sorts of false thoughts, and sink down into the toils of birth and death, unable to gain liberation . . . ”  -  (to be continued)

(Written about a thousand years ago, Yuanwu is quoted from the book ‘ZEN LETTERS - Teachings of Yuanwu’ - translated by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

Zen master Mazu writes to a student, “You are luckily all right by yourself, yet you struggle artificially.  Why do you want to put on fetters and go to prison?  You are busy every day claiming to study Zen, learn the Way, and interpret Buddhism, but this alienates you even further.  It is just chasing sound and form.  When will you ever stop?  The treasure house within you contains everything, and you are free to use it.  You don’t need to seek outside.”  (end quote)

Is the treasure house the billion years of experience packed into our DNA?  Are we born as complete as a mouse who doesn’t need an instruction book, a catechism, or a Mighty Mouse to tell him how to live?  Or, are humans born incomplete and defective?  Do we depend on finding a suitable repair shop to function properly?  Unlike mice and dandelions, has our DNA been shortchanged by evolution?

Linji said to a student, “What I point out to you is only that you shouldn’t allow yourself to be confused by others.  Consider a mouse - does it look to others for its own hands and feet?  If you want to be no different from the buddhas and Zen masters, just don’t seek externally.  Just be autonomous wherever you are, and right there is realization.  Trust yourself.  There is no one else to trust.”  (end quote)

When you stop seeking, the power of a billion years of evolution is alive and functional within you.  This power has only been obscured, not trusted, by searching for it elsewhere, as though it was to be gained from striving or from external knowledge, from a master etc.

 
 
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“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”

Chuang Tzu, translated by Burton Watson

 
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  Where can I find a man who has forgotten words

He damn sure isn’t going to find him around here.  We’ve filled the world with words.

 
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  Where can I find a man who has forgotten words

He damn sure isn’t going to find him around here.  We’ve filled the world with words.

Maybe this is why so many people have pets.

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Of Mice and Men and Buddhas

A letter from Yuanwu:

“Fundamentally, this great light is there with each and every person right where they stand - empty clear through, spiritually aware, all-pervasive, it is called the scenery of the fundamental ground.

Sentient beings and buddhas are both inherently equipped with it.  It is perfectly fluid and boundless, fusing everything within it.  It is within your own heart and is the basis of your physical body and of the five clusters of form, sensation, conception, motivational synthesis, and consciousness.  It has never been defiled or stained, and its fundamental nature is still and silent.

False thoughts suddenly arise and cover it over and block it off and confine it within the six sense faculties and sense objects.  Sense faculties and sense objects are paired off, and you get stuck and begin clinging and getting attached.  You grasp at all the various objects and scenes, and produce all sorts of false thoughts, and sink down into the toils of birth and death, unable to gain liberation . . . ”  -  (to be continued)

(Written about a thousand years ago, Yuanwu is quoted from the book ‘ZEN LETTERS - Teachings of Yuanwu’ - translated by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary)

Zen master Mazu writes to a student, “You are luckily all right by yourself, yet you struggle artificially.  Why do you want to put on fetters and go to prison?  You are busy every day claiming to study Zen, learn the Way, and interpret Buddhism, but this alienates you even further.  It is just chasing sound and form.  When will you ever stop?  The treasure house within you contains everything, and you are free to use it.  You don’t need to seek outside.”  (end quote)

Is the treasure house the billion years of experience packed into our DNA?  Are we born as complete as a mouse who doesn’t need an instruction book, a catechism, or a Mighty Mouse to tell him how to live?  Or, are humans born incomplete and defective?  Do we depend on finding a suitable repair shop to function properly?  Unlike mice and dandelions, has our DNA been shortchanged by evolution?

Linji said to a student, “What I point out to you is only that you shouldn’t allow yourself to be confused by others.  Consider a mouse - does it look to others for its own hands and feet?  If you want to be no different from the buddhas and Zen masters, just don’t seek externally.  Just be autonomous wherever you are, and right there is realization.  Trust yourself.  There is no one else to trust.”  (end quote)

When you stop seeking, the power of a billion years of evolution is alive and functional within you.  This power has only been obscured, not trusted, by searching for it elsewhere, as though it was to be gained from striving or from external knowledge, from a master etc.

Yangshan said, “If I were to explain the source of Zen, there wouldn’t be a single person around, let alone a group of five hundred or seven hundred.  If I talk about this and that, however, you race forward to pick it up.  This is like fooling a child with an empty fist - there is no reality in it.

“You have been turning from light to darkness since before you can remember . . . as Linji says, looking to others for your own hands and feet.  Just turn to the ocean of your own essence and develop practical accord with its true nature.”  (end quote)

What is the ocean of our own essence?  Does the cat in post #5 have it?

(Yangshan quoted from the book ‘ZEN ESSENCE - The Science of Freedom’ - translated and edited by Thomas Cleary)

 
 
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There was a mouse who saw a cat
Now where do you think that mouse is at?

Exploring the catness of becoming cat?
Transubstantiating, I’ll tell you that. 

If you were a mouse, how would you go about becoming a cat?
If you were a cat, could you come to recognize your inner mouse?

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burt - 06 May 2014 01:38 AM

There was a mouse who saw a cat
Now where do you think that mouse is at?

Exploring the catness of becoming cat?
Transubstantiating, I’ll tell you that. 

If you were a mouse, how would you go about becoming a cat?
If you were a cat, could you come to recognize your inner mouse?

Lao Zi Pot

Good one.

 
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Skipshot - 06 May 2014 11:43 AM
burt - 06 May 2014 01:38 AM

There was a mouse who saw a cat
Now where do you think that mouse is at?

Exploring the catness of becoming cat?
Transubstantiating, I’ll tell you that. 

If you were a mouse, how would you go about becoming a cat?
If you were a cat, could you come to recognize your inner mouse?

Lao Zi Pot

Good one.

Unsmoked the dog, who was Canis lupus before his parents were born, persists in quoting Zen masters on Project Reason.

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